Sexta-feira, 21 de Setembro de 2007

"Tu vives na China???!!!"

Muita gente me pergunta, "Ah e tal, mas isso de viver na China como é que é? Deve ser complicado..."


Ontem encontrei um artigo em que o autor procura responder a essa pergunta, depois de 10 anos de amigos e conhecidos espantados por ele ainda cá viver (neste caso em Pequim).


Aqui fica.


“For my family and me it’s an unfailingly interesting and valuable experience, although not without its challenges. The situation in major Chinese cities is quite different from what it was even a decade ago. It is now possible, for instance, to buy most familiar Western foods, including Vegemite, at supermarkets – even though the bill will be considerably higher than it would be at Coles or Safeway. Buying fruit and vegetables in local markets makes sense, and we believe the tomatoes and eggs are among the products that taste better than they do back home.
Produtos portugueses é que esqueçam. Vinho (caro) e mais nada.
I am typing this column late at night in our modern, well-designed flat in a compound that is well landscaped and contains large areas for our children to play in, and cycle and rollerblade around. We have always felt secure in China – it’s a very safe country for foreigners.
Oh yeah. Piscina, tenis, ping-pong, squash, snooker, you name it...
Taxis are plentiful, cheap and reliable in most places. Many expatriates drive here, but that requires a degree of bravery and trust. Cars are expensive to run and the second-hand market uncertain. But to use taxis – as in other areas of daily life – you need at least some Mandarin. There are many options for learning it in most cities but it is essential to start your time in China by taking some formal lessons.
Organizing payments can be a nightmare, with internet banking poor and credit cards rarely used except in foreign-tourist heartlands. Most places ask for cash. Last week I wanted to buy tickets to an ABBA show for two or three families, which required fronting up to the box office in advance – and no credit cards accepted. This meant trying to extract several thousand kuai (yuan) from an ATM machine and hauling it back to the box office.
Na net, a minha conta do Bank of China permite ver o saldo e abrir depositos a prazo. Mais nada.
Health care is another item that requires a bigger budget. There is no family doctor service in China; instead, people queue for epic periods at hospitals. But there are clinics catering for foreigners. The SOS clinic near us provides first rate service, including a 24-hour emergency desk to which we have taken our son more than once, his asthma possibly triggered by Beijing’s still appalling pollution. So there’s no concern about that, but of course it comes at a price, either direct or through cover taken out from Australia.
Muita gente tem utilizado o Huashan Hospital (uns mais que outros, não é Chico?) e saem satisfeitos. Com o serviço, não com o preço.
Leisure activities may be different from those you’d indulge in in your spare time back home, but there’s a lot to do on days off. We especially enjoy visiting the parks, where traditional Chinese pursuits can best be seen. We also often travel (by soft sleeper) overnight trains on Fridays to interesting cities and sites, tour around, stay in a local hotel, then fly back on a Sunday in the early evening. For seeing China in and out of Beijing and Shanghai, the Chinese Culture Club provides a great service.
Isso é que ainda está a ser mal aproveitado.
And although it occupies a grey area in terms of approvals, satellite services are widely available. (…)
Não temos satélite. Não via televisão há meses até que comecei há pouco a ver o "Telejornal" da CCTV9, o canal estatal com emissão em inglês. É quase só boas notícas e as más, quando existem, são sobre calamidades (infestações de ratos, tufões, inundações...) ou pedagógicas (estão a ver, este indivíduo portou-se mal e foi executado, por isso comportem-se).
As a final suggestion, if you’ve never worked or lived outside Australia before, you may find Hong Kong a good place to start. Overall, its costs are now not much above those in the big Chinese cities, and it is certainly more user friendly in terms of setting up a business as well as a daily living.”


Ou Macau. Dizem, que eu nunca lá fui.

publicado por JNA às 02:14
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